Learning in Groups: A Handbook for Improving Group Work

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Education - 310 pages
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Learning in groups, rather than in formal lectures or training sessions, allows students to have greater scope to negotiate meaning and express themselves within the language of the subject. It also helps them to establish a far more effective relationship, not only with their teachers but with each other. It can also play a central part in developing key professional skills, such as listening, presenting ideas, persuasion, self-direction, self-monitoring and team working. Yet many teachers find the leadership role required by teaching in groups difficult to perform satisfactorily, and may well fall back on the more traditional role of subject expert and prime talker. Now fully revised for its third edition, this book not only promotes understanding of group methods, but also develops group learning skills in students and teachers by showing a range of practical exercises and a widening of the range of group experiences to be used.
  

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Contents

Theories about group behaviour
1
Research into group behaviour
21
Learning research and theory
45
Communication in groups
61
What are learning groups for?
77
Structured activities
93
The tutors job
155
Learning groups in context
181
Assessing and evaluating with groups
213
Training and development
253
Appendix
293
Index
304
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